“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.” ― C. JoyBell C.
Managing a restaurant in the heart of Observatory has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have met so many wonderful people here in the little space. We have many students from over the oceans who come to our country to explore and learn. To open their eyes and experience different cultures & to grow as people. My most recent students that left Emma and Ashleigh were so sad that they had to leave this beautiful country that they both cried for almost two days.
What is it about this place
I often think negative thoughts about our country. The slow internet is enough to make me want to move the other side of the world. Then there is the crime rate, our ever failing government and the petrol price! When I think about moving though – I get very sad. We are so lucky to live in this beautiful country. Rich with culture and traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. We have the most magnificent scenery, in Cape Town along it only takes a 1hr drive to experience completely different biodiversity, different wild life and a breath taking new view.
Where to start?
Well living in Cape Town I would start with the most obvious if you haven’t done them yet.
- Table Mountain Hike/ Cable Car – You can redeem a FREE ride up the cable car on your Birthday with the proof of you South African ID. There really is no excuse for you not to go! For those of you are more fit and are looking for a challenge take a HIKE. Once you are on the top of our majestic mountain that is over 600 MILLION YEARS OLD you can’t help but think that there is more to LIFE. The views are breathtaking and it stirs something inside you standing on the edge over looking oceans that go on for ever.
- Robin Island – Yes the struggle was real and our country had hardships through the apartheid regime. Robin Island is a great way to embrace our history. Standing in Mandela’s small cell with nothing more than a mattress, I can’t help but believe even though we go through hardships in our own lives; it should NEVER stop us from changing other LIVES. Another important life lesson I personally learnt from Mandela is the power of forgiveness.
- Cape Point – This is actually not where the two oceans meet. The Southernmost tip in Africa is actually Cape Agulhas. Never the less, Cape Point is special. The drive alone is breathtaking. You can stop at various places along the drive and look out across the oceans. This time of year you are likely to spot a few Humpback Whales. I recommend taking the Simon’s Town Route to get to Cape Point. There are so many awesome places to stop including museums, galleries, stalls, beaches and restaurants.
- The Wine Route- Not everybody drinks wine, and not everybody has to. The wine route can be enjoyed by all. My favourite are all the farm stalls along the way. You can go pick strawberries and get lost driving around. If you are heading that way, pack a picnic basket and make your way to Jonekershoek Nature Reserve. One of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done. It took us 3hrs to hike up to most glorious waterfall. Once you are deep in the valley you feel as though you are in other country, maybe even another planet. You can lie on your back and look up into the sky, watch the birds fly over your head and enjoy the serenity.
My blog post could be over 100 pages long telling you about all the beautiful things Cape Town has to offer, never mind the rest of our amazing country, but the point that I am trying to get across is: before you go and bankrupt yourself on an overseas trip go get lost in your own city/country first. There is so much to see and so much to do. Let’s all be tourists in our own city.